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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate

The graduate TESOL certificate program is for individuals who already hold a bachelor’s degree in any field, including both current University of Dayton graduate students and non-students.

This program prepares students to teach English as an additional language in post-secondary schools, adult education settings and private language institutes in the United States and abroad. It can also help pre- and in-service P-12 teachers gain competence in working with English language learners in their grade-level and content-area classrooms. Please note that the certificate alone does not qualify a teacher for TESOL endorsement from the State of Ohio. Teachers interested in earning an endorsement should look into the UD TESOL endorsement program.

Our TESOL certificate is available either in a traditional classroom setting or as a fully online program. The online program is ideal for students unable to attend sessions on campus or students for whom self-paced learning is more desirable. For more information about our online TESOL certificate program, contact us at  

Admission Requirements

Requirements for admission to UD’s graduate TESOL certificate program are as follows.

  • GPA: 2.75 or higher undergraduate GPA; 3.0 or higher graduate GPA.
  • Test scores: If GPA is below 2.75, one of following: MAT – raw score 40+/scaled score 396+; GRE scaled scores of 149+ (verbal) and 4.0+ (analytical writing).
  • Academic and professional background: Bachelor’s degree in any field; prior language study or experience in non-English speaking country strongly preferred; experience with international populations and education helpful.
  • English proficiency: Professional and academic proficiency in written English as demonstrated through application materials; additionally, if English is not a first language, prior degree from English-medium university OR minimum test scores as follows: TOEFL iBT – 94 (listening – 22, speaking – 26, reading – 22, writing – 24); IELTS – 7.0 (6.5+ for all subscores); exceptions considered for strong candidates whose scores approach these minimums.

Current University of Dayton graduate students and new applicants must apply online at the graduate school website. For help with the application system, please contact Ms. Gina Seiter, graduate adviser, at 229-3103 or

What do I need to submit with my application?

New applicants who are not current or recent UD graduate students need to submit all of the items listed below. Current UD graduate students need only submit an electronic application, an updated statement of purpose, and test scores if applicable.

  • An electronic application form
  • Official transcripts from all prior undergraduate and graduate studies
  • One letter of recommendation from an employer, professor or another individual in a position to evaluate your professional and academic potential
  • A statement of purpose that addresses your future goals and motivation for joining the program; your prior experience with language, international populations, education, and any other relevant areas
  • A résumé
  • TOEFL iBT, IELTS, MAT or GRE scores, as needed

Academic Requirements

Program requirements for all areas of study can be found in the online Catalog.

Gainful Employment

As part of a new federal regulation focusing on Title IV programs, the University of Dayton is providing required information about how our non-degree programs lead to gainful employment in recognized careers. Download gainful employment information for the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate program.